Executive director

Algoma Community Legal Clinic

The Algoma Community Legal Clinic Inc. (ACLC) is a community based legal clinic that provides legal services to low income individuals/families through the provision of summary advice, referral, and representation. Through community development, law reform initiatives, and public legal education, ACLC seeks to improve the lives of the most vulnerable living in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

ACLC is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, governed by a Board of Directors drawn from the community, and located at the hub of the Great Lakes, on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek and Métis People.

Job Description

The Executive Director (ED) shall assist the ACLC’s Board and Staff as they transition to a new leadership team necessitated by retirements. The ED is responsible for the day to day management of the clinic and to ensure the quality and integrity of legal services delivered to the community. The ED will lead a staff of 7 in a unionized environment, responsible for the overall management, including financial management, communication with the funder, delivery of services, and operations and personnel management. The ED will provide direct client services as well as senior legal and analytical skills to the work of the clinic.

Acting in conjunction with and reporting to the clinic’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help set the vision, mission and strategic direction of the clinic and be responsible for making sure its goals are met.

Job Responsibilities

More specifically, the ED will:

  • oversee the day-to-day operation of the clinic through managing and mentoring staff;
  • proactively manage and collaborate on human resources, financial, administrative, and policy matters related to the effective operation of the clinic;
  • conduct regular job performance evaluations;
  • maintain a working knowledge of all areas of law practised at the clinic
  • develop and implement policies and practices to ensure the delivery of high quality legal services;
  • monitor caseloads, intake, and duty counsel rotations and systemic involvements to ensure appropriate productivity and internal equity;
  • communicate regularly with support staff and caseworkers regarding service standards, policies, and practices to ensure quality and consistency;
  • maintain strong relationships with Legal Aid Ontario and other funders that support the clinic;
  • monitor, evaluate, and report on program performance to the Board, funders, and community stakeholders, including the completion of funding applications;
  • monitor client demand and clinic resources to ensure service delivery and clinic practice areas are responsive to changing legal needs;
  • oversee the efficient gathering and analysis of service statistics; and
  • balance administrative duties with an active caseload.

Job Requirements and Competencies

The ACLC is seeking an experienced candidate who has a proven record in a senior leadership position, preferably in the non‑profit or government sectors, and with experience in poverty law. Requirements and qualifications include:

  • The candidate will be a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an understanding of the needs and challenges faced by low‑income and disadvantaged communities
  • Ability to organize, plan, and implement activities appropriate to advance organizational objectives
  • Proven analytical, decision‑making, and planning ability
  • Experience and skills relating to program development and reporting, including preparing project proposals and reports for funders, and implementing effective evaluation frameworks
  • Strong change management skills
  • Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills
  • Proven record in effective human resources management
  • Excellent teamwork and team building skills
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills
  • Commitment to high ethical standards
  • Experience with community outreach and engagement
  • Experience in program and organization management is an asset
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors and managing a community legal clinic or non‑profit organization is an asset
  • Management experience in a unionized environment is an asset
  • Capacity to work in French is an asset

Salary Range based on year of call to the Bar and relevant experience. A comprehensive benefit package included.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter highlighting your interest and experience along with a resume/CV by fax to 705‑942‑6894 or by email to: godinj@lao.on.ca by March 2, 2020 at 4 pm.

Please use the subject line: “Executive Director Application”.

The ACLC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from all groups and communities to apply.